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Are you missing the boat by not doing a Paddle Raise / Special Appeal

If you are not doing a paddle raise or special appeal at your fundraising event then it is like looking back at the dock as you sail away and you see some of your best luggage left on the dock.

I have heard Paddle Raises called several things such as Special Appeal, or Fund-in-Need; they are all the same thing and can gain you an easy$5,000 to $50,000 more at your fundraising event depending on the size of your event. 

There are some tricks to make sure it is done properly and to make it successful, such as timing, how to start it off, at what amount to start at, and the best way to track the participants.

How to choose the best Benefit Auctioneer for your event

When choosing a benefit auctioneer there are a few things to keep in mind. First, like many other things purchased you'll get what you pay for.  The "free auctioneer" is not free; he or she will cost you by lacking essential skills professional auctioneer will have.  For example, the "free auctioneers" lacks in being able to increase the bids clearly and rapidly as a professional would.  Furthermore the "free auctioneer" also lacks in knowing when to increase and decrease the bid increments and many do not know what to do with a tie bid.

Avoid the Seven Big Fundraising Mistakes

Avoid the Seven Big Fundraising Mistakes 
by Morgan Auctioneers 


     1.   Having too many items to sell the guests
The rule of thumb is to have no more than 1 to 1.5 items per wallet.  The number of wallets are determined by taking the total number of guests and dividing by two.  For example, 500 guests divided by two = 250 wallets.        

     2.   Properly Displaying Items
Live Auction and Silent Auction Items should be properly labeled and correctly spaced to eliminate confusion.